No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween is a week away! Haven’t done any decorating yet? No worries–here are two super quick jack-o-lantern alternatives that require no carving at all! So grab a friend, pour some wine (La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is perfect for a chilly fall day of Halloween celebrations), and get crafting!

Supplies:

  • Two or three pumpkins
  • A can of shimmery gold spray paint
  • Mod Podge or other crafting glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter
  • Paper plates
  • Clear acrylic sealing spray

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

Instructions:

For a shiny gold pumpkin–

  1. Outside or in a well-ventilated area, set up a spray painting station with some newspaper, brown paper bags from the grocery store, or an old tablecloth.
  2. Wipe off any dirt that may be on your pumpkin.
  3. Using slow, even strokes, spray the entire pumpkin. Let it dry thoroughly (time varies on brand of paint) before displaying. Enjoy it!

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

For a glittery gold pumpkin–

  1. Wipe any dirt away with a damp paper towel, let dry.
  2. Pour some Mod Podge into a paper plate. Dip paint brush and paint a thin layer of glue over the pumpkin.
  3. Over another paper plate, sprinkle glitter onto the pumpkin. Re-use anything that falls off, or if you’re using a small pumpkin, roll it around in the excess glitter. Repeat until the whole pumpkin is covered.
  4. Let dry for about a half hour and spray the entire thing with acrylic sealer–this will keep the glitter from flaking off and making a mess in your house!

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

Happy Halloween!

Photos by Sarah Gatrell of Photo + Love.

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